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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote 2017-03-28 11:15 pm (UTC)

I am glad for the reassurance on Changeling Sea! I love the lyrical, lapidary, dreamy quality of her writing but I think I need it to, yeah, be grounded too, that's a good way to put it. And the groundedness in Riddlemaster is so important a part of it. The last couple of hers I read didn't seem to have much to them other than the lyrical dreaminess and atmosphere.

I really love L. Neil Smith's Star Wars tie-ins about Lando and, of course, Their Majesties' Bucketeers, which is the best Sherlock Holmes pastiche where they are all trinary-gendered desert-dwelling fuzzy spider-crabs that I have ever read, but I get the impression that his stuff that isn't fanfic about fractally-tentacled aliens isn't as much my thing and also gets much more preachily libertarian.

..good to know about Dragonsbane. Yay fantasy with middle-aged protagonists! I think I also own at least one of the sequels so maybe those can go K. I have loved all of her historicals, was iffy on her tie-ins, and haven't read any of her otherworld fantasy.

If the Sleeping Dragon doesn't win this round I am pretty sure there will be a later round themed "SF about SF fans" and it will get a second chance. (It will have some stiff competition for "readable yet terrible" in that one though, I suspect.)

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